MSF, WORKING FOR FIFTY YEARS TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, exclusion from healthcare and natural disasters.
As an independent and self-governed organisation, MSF’s actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
MSF strives to ensure that it has the power to evaluate medical needs freely, to access populations without restriction and to control the aid it provides directly, giving priority to those in most grave danger. MSF does not take sides in armed conflict and demands unhindered access to patients and the space it needs to carry out emergency medical interventions. In addition, MSF accepts only private donations and never accepts funds from parties directly involved in any conflict or medical emergency that MSF is dealing with.
MSF is a non-profit organisation founded in Paris, France, by doctors and journalists in 1971. Today, MSF is a worldwide movement of 25 associations with an international office in Geneva, Switzerland, which provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested. All of the associations are independent legal entities, registered under the laws of the countries in which they are based. Each association elects its own board of directors and president. They are united by a shared commitment to the MSF Charter and principles. The highest authority of the MSF Movement is the International General Assembly, which meets yearly.
The movement has five operational centres – MSF France, MSF Belgium, MSF Switzerland, MSF Holland and MSF Spain – which directly manage the missions. The partner sections contribute to the action of MSF through their recruitment efforts and by collecting funds, gathering information and providing medical and operational support.
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